Change the World Wednesday – 20th Mar

aprocrastinationI am procrastinating.

It’s something I do rather well.

I haven’t got the onion nor beetroot for pickling yet, basically because apart from work, I haven’t been out of the house due to the rain. I must go today because the fridge has developed a lot of empty space… yes, it’s empty again, which is the reason I ate out last night, yummy BBQ.

I admitted to not doing strategy last week, well, I don’t, but Small’s comment, “Ahh … it seems you do have a strategy, AV … it’s just such a part of your life that it doesn’t seem like planning … it’s what you do and that’s fabulous! It’s the goal for all of us! :-)

Made me think, it is such a part of my life, not by design, rather by necessity.

Here’s an update.


TV waiting for me to deprocrastinate

I had threatened to spring-clean my living room, despite the fact that today or tomorrow (I forget) is the first day of autumn (fall for our American cousins). You see, my ex gave me a ‘new’ TV when I delivered the PC for the kids. For a whole week it sat on my sofa.

Then on Friday I went to town and got an extension cord and a remote control unit. Friday afternoon I was bitten by the bug to do my promised reorg. You see the TV was too big for the previous location, and I had serious doubts that the old PC desk would support the additional weight as this 29″ behemoth was twice the weight of my 20″.

The result was this…


I made a support using an old wardrobe (closet for our American cousins) side and two drawers from another wardrobe. All material that I found discarded on the street. My previous wine boxes (old fruit cases) got stacked around it and pot plants (more added after photo) arranged.

The result is that I have a presentable TV table and it cost me nothing. Unlike many of you, I don’t have the money to go out and buy something new, or even second hand; I have to make do with what’s on hand in the yard. Now the old PC desk is in the yard, it is old and rickety and will go back to the street as trash where I found it four years ago.

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Now for this week’s CTWW challenge.

Every so often Small throws me a googly (a tricky cricket ball, equal to a curve ball in baseball). A googly is basically a ball that doesn’t behave as expected catching the batsman unawares and often resulting in his dismissal (out).

Welcome to SPRING! This week take a walk outside. But we’re not talking about any walk, this will be a walk with a purpose … a walk which goes beyond the obvious “not using transportation” benefit. For example, walk to a library, gym or community center and post some basic green-living ideas on their bulletin board for others to read. Participate in a river, community garden or public park clean-up. Collect litter as you walk and recycle it or deposit it into trash bins. Join a “walk for the environment” … an organized walk to raise environmental awareness or raise funds for a worthy project. The idea this week is to take that one additional step and make it count double.

This is a googly.

Being hampered by my walking stick, I don’t walk as much as I used to, although I do walk to the nearer of my two jobs. The other problem I have is that bending down is also enfettered since I have been consigned to my walking stick.

Before all this, I used to pick up the trash spread around our little praça (park) in front of my house, which is continually being littered by the kids. They are not taught to respect the environment, neither by their parents nor schools.

I do admonish them, if I catch them in the act of littering, and this generally shames them into retrieving their trash and putting it in one of the five bins spread around the place.


Wooden cable drum ends

But, I still collect stuff from the street that I might find useful. In fact, after I finish this post, I am off across the praça to retrieve the end of a cable drum that might well make a good outdoor table top. It’s about the size of the right hand one.

So, eventually, considering my skills at procrastinating, I will have a garden table.

That’s it for this week, not much.

After the cable drum end, I am sure to need refueling and the coffee pot is hot.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on March 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Very nice TV stand. I love using old/found pieces to build furniture. We built some terrific book shelves using cardboard boxes and some found wooden planks. The nice thing is that since we didn’t invest money into it, it’s no problem to break it down and give it away if we want to change things or move.

    Once again I’m going to point out that you are accomplishing this challenge. Okay so maybe you aren’t intentionally going out for a walk and bending over to pick up stuff … but you’re walking to the park and collecting your garden table. You’re walking and picking up something which would otherwise be trash. I say … success!



    • >SF, I love using my imagination this way, and it’s so cheap. My cable drum end is now in the garage drying out after the rains. There is a second one there half hidden under the rubble, I am tempted to repeat the exercise.




  2. I too had been hindered by the inability to bend over and stand back up without assistance until I finally gave in a started to use a wheel chair to get around. Now I am able to pick more up when I go out. I love the cable drum and would enjoy finding one around here to use in my yard as well. I think it will add real personality and it was free!



    • >lsf, I would hate to be in a wheel chair, the condition of streets here makes one impossible to use. Even though some buses here are equipped with wheelchair hoists, the drivers often pass by and pretend they didn’t see you. They do that now, even when they see the walking stick, I have to stand so that it is hidden on the offside.




      • AV, how horrible! My town is almost completely handicap accessible and the people here are wonderful. Our bus system isn’t all converted over to be accessible to chairs but the one that drives the route that comes to my town is. I have even had the bus stop when seeing me riding up the side of the road to see if I needed a ride. Here in the US there are plenty of laws about accessibility for the disabled along with non-discrimination laws.I hope your country awakens and realize that mobility issues can happen to anyone, even them. I’m sure those bus drivers would think twice if they had to live a day in your shoes.

        That being said, I hate being in a chair as I love walking and hiking, but at least I can now get around more than I have in the past few years as walking and balance issues have kept me close to home.


      • There are laws here too, but the drivers just can’t be bothered; and some don’t know how to operate the hoist. I am still lucky that I only need the stick.



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